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About the Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing MIN

We are an inter-disciplinary, collaborative network of researchers, academics, clinicians and service users with an interest in youth mental health.

Our group and the work we conduct is a response to a global youth mental health movement of recognising the emerging health needs of young people and promoting youth mental health, resilience and wellbeing through the development of innovative, youth-oriented mental health services.

Our aims

  1. To promote public and professional interest in the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 12 to 25
  2. To foster collaboration and communication locally and nationally between practitioners, researchers, academics, young service users and charities working to improve the health and wellbeing of young people using evidence informed practices
  3. To identify gaps in research and clinical practice and work together to promote the advancement of research and education in youth mental healthTo meaningfully engage young people who use local mental health services as advisors in the group to help us develop and advance research that would target their health needs

The onset of mental health problems typically lies in youth at the critical age between 12 and 25 years. Mental illness in young people is associated with significant physical, psychological, social and developmental consequences including obesity, substance use, delinquency, low educational achievements and social disability. This highlights the importance of early intervention and prevention in this age group and the development of targeted services for youth focusing on improving prognosis through continuity of care, promoting resilience and supporting healthy developmental pathways.

However, the current fragmentation of mental health services in the UK and worldwide between those focused on children and adolescents (up to age of 18) and those for adults (18-65 years) as well as the lack of an integrated pathway from child to adult healthcare poses great risk to the care of young people at the most vulnerable stage of their lives.

Ongoing concerns about the quality of mental health care offered to young people worldwide have highlighted the need for transformation of systems of care and the redesign of mental health services so that they are developmentally appropriate and responsive to the needs of youth in the age group of 12-25 years.